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Title: Provision of Hand Held Sonar Systems
Published by: Ministry of Defence
Publication Date: 22/07/2021
Deadline Date:
Deadline Time:
Notice Type: VEAT
Has Documents: No
Has ESPD: No

Supply of Handheld Sonars

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1) Name and addresses

Ministry of Defence





Internet address(es)

Main address:

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5) Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Provision of Hand Held Sonar Systems

Reference number: 700243332

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

This notice supercedes previous VTN reference 2021/S 000-014474 dated 24/06/2021. HHS devices are systems designed to be held and operated by an individual diver. They should be able to provide navigational information and indicate the geospatial positions of underwater objects of interest, to facilitate the divers in more safely and efficiently carrying out their operations.

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement

Value excluding VAT: 4 000 000.00 GBP

II.2) Description

II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:


II.2.4) Description of the procurement

Supply of Handheld Sonars

II.2.11) Information about options

Options: Yes

Description of options:

2 year option to extend contract

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Negotiated procedure without publication of a contract notice

Justification for selected award procedure:

No tenders or no suitable tenders/requests to participate in response to negotiated procedure with prior publication of a contract notice


The Maritime Combat Systems Project Team, part of the UK Ministry of Defence (“the Authority”), intends to award a contract to Blueprint Design Engineering Limited for the provision of handheld sonar devices £4M value estimate and proposed contract term of 4 years. It is considered that this contract can be awarded to Blueprint Design Engineering Limited using the negotiated procedure without prior publication of a contract notice pursuant to Regulation 16(1)(a)(ii) of the UK Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 for technical reasons. This is because the handheld sonars to be acquired from Blueprint Design Engineering Limited use software which is proprietary to the Blueprint Design Engineering Limited and which is only interoperable with other systems provided by Blueprint Design Engineering Limited. The handheld sonars are required to interact with other systems provided by Blueprint Design Engineering Limited which have previously been acquired by the Authority. Accordingly, the contract can only be awarded to Blueprint Design Engineering Limited for technical reasons.

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: No

Section V: Award of contract/concession

V.2 Award of contract/concession

V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract/concession


V.2.2) Information about tenders

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

Blueprint Design Engineering Ltd




The contractor is an SME: No

V.2.4) Information on value of the concession and main financing terms (excluding VAT)

Total value of the concession/lot: 4 000 000.00 GBP

V.2.5) Information about subcontracting

The contract/concession is likely to be subcontracted

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

Ministry of Defence



VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


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IDTitleParent Category
38113000SonarsNavigational instruments

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